Democratic Women’s Caucus Leadership Calls For Funds And Policies To Address The Urgent Needs Of Women And Their Families
Washington, D.C. – The leadership of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, Co-Chairs Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Vice Chairs Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) sent a letter on Friday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for funds and policies that address the urgent needs of women and their families in a supplemental coronavirus relief package.
The Members note that “As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the country, women and their families are particularly vulnerable to its devastating health and economic impacts. While previous stimulus packages have included critical measures such as unemployment protections, investments in public health, and relief to small businesses and the nonprofit sector, more must be done to ensure individuals struggling to make ends meet are not left behind. It is imperative that future COVID-19 packages center the needs of the people most affected by this unprecedented crisis and lay the groundwork to rebuild on a more solid foundation.”
The letter also states, “We applaud bipartisan efforts to secure $45 million for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and $2 million for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. However, we are concerned that this funding for domestic violence programs is insufficient, and that no funding has been provided to address the needs of sexual assault survivors. We must continue to prioritize strong funding levels for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and FVPSA programs in future packages. In addition to robust funding, we must ensure that survivors of domestic and sexual violence have access to unemployment insurance if they leave a job due to the violence, have access to paid safe leave to take time off to seek medical attention, victim services or attend to legal matters, and ensure that survivors, who may be living in shelters or undisclosed locations, living with an abusive partner, or separated from abusive partners but filed taxes jointly, are able to access their rebates. Without providing full support to all programs for sexual and domestic violence programs, we needlessly risk the safety and lives of survivors.”
The Democratic Women’s Caucus is comprised of all 90 Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Text from the letter can be found here.